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Fake Teams fantasy football mailbag: What’s Christian McCaffrey’s upside?

Plus, if you could only draft from one conference, which would it be?

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Welcome to the Fake Teams’ fantasy football mailbag. This week we’re talking best fantasy conference, Christian McCaffrey upside & top 10 offenses.

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Onto the mailbag:

Q: If you were to draft only from one conference, which would you choose?

This is an excellent question. At first I thought this was going to be a long arduous answer, one which I had to defend every part of my answer, but then when I looked at the two conferences, it’s actually a pretty easy choice.

It’s the NFC.

Here the top names the NFC has to offer: David Johnson, Ezekiel Elliott, Devonta Freeman, Jordan Howard, Julio Jones, Mike Evans, Jordy Nelson, Odell Beckham Jr, Michael Thomas, Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees. Matthew Stafford? Eh, sure let’s throw him on the list. Basically the NFC is preeeetty rich in fantasy talent.

The better question is which DIVISION would you choose if you could only pick from one. Now that is a tough question. Putting just a tad bit of thought into the answer, I think I’d say either NFC South or AFC West. NFC South has possibly four powerful offenses and the Falcons defense could be good this year. The Panthers have had good defensive years as well. The AFC West gives you the best defense in fantasy as well as all that the Chargers, Raiders and Chiefs offer on the offensive side. Every other division has at least one team in it that I’m just not touching which can’t happen if I can only pick from four teams.

That would be an interesting draft strategy...

Q: What do you think McCaffrey's upside/player comparison is this year?! Asking for a friend who got excited and drafted him too early..

Might come as a surprise, but I’ve written before about my thoughts on what McCaffrey could do this season (you may read that if you choose right HERE).

I don’t think McCaffrey is going to out right replace Jonathan Stewart this season, especially in the red zone. McCaffrey has to contend with Stewart AND Cam Newton for red zone carries which has me thinking his total rushing touchdowns has a ceiling, and it’s Hobbit-hole sized. However, I do think that McCaffrey has earned himself more touches this year than I expected at before the preseason thanks to some stellar production.

My best case scenario for him this year, think Theo Riddick: a pass catching running back who does most of his fantasy damage in that role. For what it’s worth, Riddick played in 10 games last year and averaged 10.9 fantasy points per game.

Q: What are the projected top 10 offenses for this season?

My projections (I’m going to assume you mean total offense):

  1. Saints
  2. Steelers
  3. Packers
  4. Patriots
  5. Falcons
  6. Washington
  7. Raiders
  8. Cowboys
  9. Bengals
  10. Titans

Saints, Steelers, Packers and Patriots are all save bets for somewhere in the top 5. I think a fully healthy Steelers team will break the NFL. The Falcons take a small step back without Kyle Shanahan but nothing crazy. The Bengals sneak their way back into top-10 thanks to a healthy A.J. Green and Tyler Eifert and rookies Joe Mixon and John Ross. Titans also creep in given the weapons they’ve added on offense.

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